Nichols started his career on stage as a comedian but changed course and became a director. After director some Broadway shows (mostly written by Neil Simon) he quickly rose in the ranks of great movie directors. The first movie he directed was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A great movie featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and was nominated for thirteen Oscars including Best Director. For his second movie was The Graduate which was nominated for 7 Oscars and Nichols won Best Director. Nichols went on to win numerous other awards and one of the few people to have achieved EGOT Status (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony wins). He was nominated for 4 Best Directing Oscars (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Silkwood, Working Girl, and The Remains of the Day) with 1 win (The Graduate).
Best known as an actor’s director he was able to get amazing performances from his actors. 16 different actors have earned Oscar nominations in his movies including Cher’s first nomination for Silkwood.
The last movie he directed was Charlie Wilson’s War with Tom Hanks.
Nichols is survived by his wife Diane Sawyer and three children -- Daisy, Max and Jenny -- and four grandchildren.
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